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  • Barkers Family History

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  • BARKER Family History

    Descendants of John and Grace BarkerbyShaun L Wilson – February 2017 Barker families have resided in Hampsthwaite since the early seventeenth century and were extensive in the area during the nineteenth century. From the 1881 England Census for Hampsthwaite taken on 3rd April that year, Barker was the most popular name totalling 57 out of 457 people enumerated – 12.5% of those recorded living in Hampsthwaite at the time of that census. From the registers of Hampsthwaite parish, Barkers were in existence as early as 1610. The earliest Barker mentioned is John Barker, son of Peter who was baptised on 17th March that year.Where Hampsthwaite is mentioned in this article it refers to both village and parish. We will never know exactly where the early Barker’s dwelling houses were as they are not recorded in either the parish registers or on the early census returns, but it is assumed that they lived in the village or within the parish. It was not until the England Census of 1911 that full address details were given together with the total number of children born alive to the present marriage of the head of the family.
  • Tom Wright reflects upon the Barker family in Hampsthwaite

    As far as I can ascertain there were no Barkers in Hampsthwaite prior to the 18th century. The earliest reference I could find was to the marriage of John Barker, a tailor, to Ann Messenger (daughter of William Messenger) in the parish church sometime near the beginning of the 1700s. I don’t know from whence he originated.They had several children, as did all the Barkers, but I have only recorded my own direct ancestors. They were his son James Barker (1744) & Hannah Dousland; William Barker (1781) & Catherine Swale; John Barker (1810) & Mary Nutter; George Barker (1845) & Sarah ???  who themselves produced Rowland Barker and siblings. He married Eliza Jackson (from an even older family in Birstwith) and they were my maternal Grandparents.(See also and )
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  • Northern Powergrid and Gas Networks

    The Northern Power Grid and the Northern Gas Networks are the organisations responsible for the delivery of  electricity and gas within our region
  • Parish Council Minutes Archive 2017

    Minutes from Parish Council meetings in 2017
  • Yoga Classes

    Jann is a Yoga & Energy Medicine Teacher and Therapist and lover of all things Holistic, Herbal, Organic and Natural and I’m a life long passionate supporter of The Healing Arts that are rooted in our Ancient Wisdoms of Massage, Dancing, Sound, Singing, Drumming, Painting, Meditating, Coming together in circle. Jann's weekly sessions are hosted at Hampsthwaite Memorial Hall and listed in the hall's Contact Jann for details:Tel:  07585 807046Web: (with Events section at
  • SuperFast North Yorkshire

    Beware of Computer Scams If you receive a  phone call purporting to be from Microsoft support or similar, to say that your computer has sent them a critical error message, ignore it even if they have your phone number and name!They will get you to visit a particular web page in your web browser. Something on the web page will enable them to have control of your computer. They can then load spyware, steal passwords or just use your machine to relay other illegal content, for example.If you think it might be genuine (VERY unlikely!), thank the caller, put the phone down, then contact your computer supplier or Microsoft Support yourself - see Whenever you receive an unexpected email just copy the subject line or part of its text and paste it into Google. You will soon discover if it is a scam. NEVER open links or accept attachments from emails you are unsure of. Remember: if it sounds too good to be true; it probably is!
  • Hampsthwaite Picture House

    Check the programme of film screenings by visiting the Hampsthwaite Picture House website. Films screened at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. Come along and enjoy an evening with family and friends sat at our convivial, candle-lit tables with refreshments, 'nibbles', food and bar as appropriate to the film being shown. Tickets available from Hampsthwaite Post Office ( or at the door if available) - why not book a table and come as a group?
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The Hampsthwaite Church Turret Clock - by Robert Lloyd


 The Hampsthwaite Church clock was 100 years old on the 12th April 2012.


The commemorative plaque reads –


Church birth records show that John Swale was baptised on Sunday 31st December 1843 to parents Richard and Ann Swale. Richard and many in the family were Nidderdale weavers.

Known as turret clocks, or sometimes tower clocks, these clocks are usually seen only by those who wind them. The following is a list of Hampsthwaite Church clock winders since 1912 as recorded on the clock case door.

Clock winders name - as listed on the clock case pendulum doorStart dateYears Wound
Ken Collier19341
George Christopher Ashby193525
George Thomas Ashby196022
Dennis Watson22nd May 19825
Robert Lloyd28th February 198725 to date
Chris Hardcastle1987/8824 to date
Howard Cooper1987/88 to 200820

“As winders we have welcomed many visitors over the years with over sixty visitors marking their names on the clock case door. A great tradition stretching back over the century.”

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Up the Tower

We enter a low door at the bottom of the tower and there in the cramped entrance an old stone spiral staircase winds its way upwards out of our sight. The steps are worn and uneven, narrow slit windows at every turn let in much-needed light, and it's rather cool and a bit dusty. An odd cobweb or two adds to the feeling that not many people pass this way.

Above us we can now just make out the muffled sound of the clock ticking, a steady deep clunk every second, like the sound of a very old grandfather clock.

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In the Clock Room


Moving up the spiral staircase, we come to the clock room door which has a simple bolt key. Lit by an old leaded south window, we see against a wall an old wood and glass case, locked by a small cabinet key. The tick is now much louder and emanates from inside. Opening the wooden clock case, we now see the clock itself: an iron frame filled with gear wheels. At the back is the top of the pendulum swinging from side to side.

The clock was built by John Smith and Sons in 1912. John Smith began his own business in 1856 and it flourished in Derby during the 19th century industrial revolution, as one of the principle companies making flatbed turret clocks installed in churches, town halls and hospitals.

Annual maintenance has been carried out since 16th June 1947 by William Potts & Sons Limited of Guildford Street, Leeds, who joined the Smiths of Derby Group in 1935. William Potts & Sons had since 1833 been primarily concerned with domestic timepieces. The company gradually expanded into the manufacture and repair of public clocks.

The clock mechanism is properly known as a ‘movement’ and is based on a very old design. Right in the front of the movement is the brass clock dial used to check and set the time – it has only one hand. A rod runs from immediately above the brass dial up to the ceiling, turns through 90 degrees to a horizontal rod, which then links directly through a set of gears to the clock face on the outside of the tower. These gears, known as the ‘motion work’, are situated inside the tower and behind the clock face. They reduce the one-turn per hour of the minute hand into one turn in twelve hours of the hour hand. The motion work connects to the hands outside with a tube which runs through a hole in the tower wall which is very thick - about four feet! Clock faces such as these are made from copper sheet.

In the clock case movement, there are three winding drums with a thin braded wire extending upwards over pulleys and across the ceiling to the opposite corner of the clock room. These wires then plunge down through a hole to three separate heavy cylindrical weights hanging from them. The largest, for the hour chime, is about three feet tall and a foot in diameter. Fortunately, some guards around the holes protect the unwary visitor from falling in. These weights provide the driving power for the clock pendulum and for the striking of the bells. The smallest centre weight provides driving power, through the middle winding drum in the clock case movement, for the pendulum; the weight on the right is connected to the left winding drum, which drives the two quarter hour bells. The left (heaviest) weight is connected to the right winding drum and operates the single hour bell.

Three thin solid wires extend from the clock case to the ceiling, going directly up to the belfry where they operate the hammers to strike the three bells used by the clock: two quarter hour bells and one hour bell. The hour chime is triggered by little pillars placed into the large hour cog on the right hand side of the movement and the quarter hour chimes are triggered by little pillars placed into the large quarter hour cog on the left side of the movement.

Our flatbed turret clock keeps very good time. It runs a few seconds fast over most of the year and a few seconds slow when the outside temperature is above 20 degrees Celsius. To adjust the clock (speed up or slow down) small weights are added or subtracted from the top of the pendulum. These effectively change the centre of gravity of the pendulum and change the period of swing. The weight adjustment on the pendulum and the weekly check following winding, keeps the clock in very good time.

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In the Belfry

Proceeding further up the stone tower staircase, we open another door and hear the outside wind; a reminder that we are now getting near the top of the tower. In the belfry, louvres are used instead of windows, which are open slats allowing the sound to escape whilst keeping the rain out. There are six bells in the belfry: all brass, dull and green. Only three are used for the clock. Belfries can be very dangerous and noisy places if a bell suddenly starts to sound when the clock is striking. The note of the bell is very loud, deep and harsh: if you go up to the belfry, take extra care and be sure to cover up your ears. After the last stroke has sounded the bell goes on humming and humming, softer and softer until after a minute it has died away completely.

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The Hampsthwaite Church Turret Clock - by Robert Lloyd


 The Hampsthwaite Church clock was 100 years old on the 12th April 2012.